When Zachary Quinto spoke about Star Trek over-saturation, he was speaking about something fans have been noticing for some time. There is just too dang much Star Trek on at once time. Not counting anything that’s speculated on, there are six series. Four are airing now, with another two in production. That’s too much Star Trek. Even the most die-heart Star Trek fan could have a problem keeping up with that much content.
Look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It went from every film being this big deal and fan experience that they had to attend. That was possible with just six films being released in four years for Phase 1. Then they upped the ante to 11 films in dour years during Phase 3. Now, there’s really no desire for any more MCU films, so they’re going to take C-list characters and make them into Disney+ exclusive content.
Same thing with the Arrowverse. At first, fans were beyond excited about the possibility of the Flash joining the network. Then Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and more started joining. Then the crossovers started to happen and those became the only episodes worth watching anymore. Then Arrow ended and took down half the television series with it. Supergirl’s done, Batwoman won’t see a season three at this rate, and by the end of 2022, the only shows that may be left is the awfully named Superman and Lois and the very-charming Stargirl series.
Oversaturation comes for every franchise eventually and no amount of fans screaming “I love Star Trek, the more the merrier” will change the fact that the human experience is powered by variety. When you’re given something too often, it loses its luster. That’s just the fact. Even someone as big into comics and sci-fi as this writer even has to admit that too much of something kills an interest.
The addition of a film franchise ontop of six series seems like overkill and fans will be mostly turned off by another new thing they have to keep up with.